Calendar of Events


November 2018



Parsons, KS


December 7: SKIL Resource Center’s “Home for the Holidays,” 5:30 pm. Join the independent living center’s annual holiday celebration. Free hot dinner, prizes, special speakers, music, dance, annual meeting. Public welcome. Held at Parsons VFW, 101 East Main. Call 800.688.5616 for more information. 


Pittsburg, KS & Crawford County, KS


November 2: University Choir & Chorale Fall Concert, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at PSU. 


November 3: Caty Days Tour, 9 am-3 pm, Cato Historical School House, 592 E 725th, Arcadia. 


November 3: World Class Revolution Wrestling, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.


November 4: Todd Mosby New Horizons Ensemble, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at PSU.


November 10: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, 3 & 7 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.


November 10: Weenie Roast & Star Party, 6:30 pm, the Observatory, Greenbush.


November 10: Bart Crow (country), 9 pm, The Pitt – Downtown Pittsburg.


November 11: Miners Hall Museum program: “African Culture & Ethnicity,” 2 pm, Miners Hall Museum, Franklin.


November 15: PSU Jazz Ensemble with the KMEA Southeast District Honor Jazz Ensemble, 7 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at PSU. 


November 17: Bluegrass Pickers Open-Mic Jam Session, 12 pm, Circle’s Pecans & Country Store west of McCune.


November 17: That Holiday Show: BoomTown Quarter, 7 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at PSU.


November 25: Pittsburg Old Time Fiddlers & Pickers, 1 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum.


November 30: Comedian Orny Adams, 6:30 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.


November 30: Mainstage at the Colonial Fox: The Nace Brothers, 7:30 pm, Colonial Fox Theatre, downtown Pittsburg.


November 30: Southeast Kansas Symphony Concert, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at PSU.


November Events for Memorial Auditorium Convention Center, 503 North Pine, 620.231.7827. Visit


Thursdays: “The Basement Comedy Series,” 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. VIP tables that seat four can be purchased for $60. Concessions and cash bar available at events. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 620.231.7827. 


November 1: Headlining Comedian – Greg Hahn


November 8: Headlining Comedian – Nick Griffin


November 15: Headlining Comedian – TBA


November 29: Headlining Comedian – TBA


November 1: Project Warmth Lunch, 11 am-2 pm. Dinner 4-5:30 pm. Chili, soup and pie fundraiser. Proceeds from this event benefit local families in Crawford County who struggle to pay their utility bills. Please join us and help keep families warm this winter! 


November 15: City of Pittsburg Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 am-4 pm. Must have an appointment. Call Jenna Spencer at Memorial Auditorium at 620.231.7827.


November 15, 17 & 18: Midwest Regional Ballet Presents: Beauty and the Beast, 7:30 pm, 2:30 pm on the 18th. The contemporary ballet is based on the book by the French author Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve, which was published in 1740. The ballet is comprised of Pointe’, contemporary dance and aerial silks. It is a tale as old as time! Recommended for all ages. For more information and tickets, call Memorial Auditorium at 620.231.7827 or visit


Carl Junction, MO


November 3: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Full breakfast, $6/adults. Carryout available. 


November 10: Shred-a-Palooza! 9 am-12 pm. Secure shredding of personal and business documents. Carl Junction Community Center, 301 N. Main. No cost. Details: 417.649.8846. 


Carthage, MO


Saturdays: Painting Classes for All Ages, 12-3:30 pm, Cherry’s Custom Framing. Cost: $30, includes material. Call 417.358.2707.  


Diamond, MO


George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs – Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit 


November 3 & 4: Encouraging the Next Generation, 1 pm. George Washington Carver was a teacher, friend and mentor to many young men who faithfully carried on his work. Visitors will learn of the treasured relationships Carver had with these young men, often referred to as “Carver’s boys.”


November 10: Wonders of the Night Sky: Astronomy Program, 6:30–8:30 pm, George Washington Carver National Monument’s largest national resource is the sky. Learn about celestial navigation, star stories, and the effects of light pollution. More information: Randall Becker, 417.325.4151,


November 11: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 am-1 pm. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often-overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture. 


November 17 & 18: A Genius Remembered, George Washington Carver, 1 pm. This 30-minute film explores the life of George Washington Carver, told by people who actually knew him and by others whose work was influenced by his great legacy. 


November 24 & 25: The Life and The Legacy, Booker T. Washington, 1 pm. Through narration and re-enactment, this 30-minute film traces the legacy of Booker T. Washington and the founding of Tuskegee Institute.


Joplin, MO 


Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max of $15/family. Half off admission with gym membership card. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foosball, bracelet making, Wii, Xbox 360, food available from West Coast Tacos and BBQ. Impact Life praise team performs 7-9 pm. Call 417.206.6886. 


November 11: Tri-State Iris Society Club, 2 pm, Southwest Missouri Bank, corner of Range Line and Zora. The public is invited to attend. For information, please call 417.489.9938.


Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, MO –  All programs will be held at the Creek Pavilion along Shoal Creek in Wildcat Park, not at the Center. Space is limited and fills up quickly. To register, email


November 7 & 10: Preschool Nature Connections, Talking Turkey, November 7, 1-2 pm, or November10, 10-11 am. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. The turkey is one of the most famous birds in North America. He is so famous he almost became our national bird! Learn fun facts about the turkey and what makes him so special. After you’ve talked like a turkey, make a craft and gobble along the trail with our own naturalists.  


November 10: Kids Fall Quest & Craft (Joint event with Joplin Outdoor Adventures), 1-4:30 pm, for all ages. A family-fun event with guided hikes provided by experienced guides, crafts to take home with you, and education stations. Learn about a few native animals, what is so important about natural habitat and how to be a guardian of the beautiful Wildcat Glades. Get a family picture provided by Tara Buckston. This event is free due to the generosity of Wildcat Glades Members and Joplin Outdoor Adventure. See our Facebook event for up-to-date information. Registration strongly recommended.  


November 10: Yoga in Nature for Kids! Ages 2+. 9:30 am. This class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Free; registration requested. To register, email 


Yoga in Nature for Adults (Sponsored by 4-States Yoga). No Yoga in Nature for Adults due to the long holiday weekend.  


Lamar, MO


Every Monday: Barton County Senior Center, 9 am-5 pm, 306 W. 11th. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.


Monett, MO


November 5: Monett Senior Dance, first Monday of the month, 7-10 pm, Park Casino building. $3 to enter. Call 417.235.3285.


Neosho, MO


November 6: Neosho Agricultural Appreciation Banquet, 5:30-8 pm, Neosho High School. Join us as we honor the hard-working individuals, families and businesses that further the agricultural impact in Newton and McDonald counties. Call 417.451.1925.


Grove, OK


November 10: Monthly Community Gospel Singing, 6 pm, Grove 1st Assembly of God Church, two miles east of Grove on south side of Hwy 10. Duane Garren, Song Book Singing and Keith Brothers will perform. Call 417.775.4121.




Cultural Events




Pittsburg, KS


ArtForms Gallery, 620 N. Broadway. Call 620.240.0165 to register for any workshop.  


Thursdays: Art in the Afternoon, 1-3 pm. Bring your project and join us for coffee and snacks.  


November 3: Winter Gnome Glazing, 10 am-1 pm. Glaze a bisque-fired gnome and add your own touch and color to make them come to life! Hippyclay will fire them up and deliver them to ArtForms Gallery for pick up. All ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. $30, payable by Oct. 31.Class limited to 16. 


November 7: Open Drawing Instruction, 4-6 pm. Drop in and receive free drawing instruction and encouragement. Bring your sketchbook and preferred drawing tools if you have them. All ages and skills levels are welcome!


Carthage, MO


Through November 18: artCentral presents the ART of QUILTING. Gallery hours: Fridays & Saturdays 12-5 pm, Sundays 1-5 pm. All other days, call 417.358.4404 to schedule a visit. With splendid colors and a plethora of textures, the quilts on the walls of artCentral’s Hyde House are extraordinary works of fiber art. This is a must see exhibition!


Joplin, MO


Events in Joplin are subject to change. For a full listing of arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, visit Connect2Culture is the source for arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin.




November 4: The Suitcase Junket House Concert, 5:30 pm, The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. Known for their intricate guitar work, vocal harmonies and socially conscious lyrics that reflect the concerns of their generation, Brewer & Shipley are reuniting for just a handful of shows. Email to make reservations. A confirmation email with directions, parking, etc., will be sent. All proceeds go directly to the artists performing.


November 8-10: JHS Theatre Department presents The Game’s Afoot, 7 pm, Joplin High School, 2104 Indiana Ave. Tickets: $8 adults and $5 students. Contact or 417.625.5230.


November 8-18: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents Pollyanna, 7 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm. Stained Glass Theatre Joplin, 2101 Annie Baxter Ave. Young orphan Pollyanna believes life’s most difficult problems can always be surmounted by a positive attitude and pragmatism.. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 kids. Tickets are available at the door, which opens 45 minutes prior to showtime. Contact or 417.553.0755.


November 15: Pro Musica presents Atlantic Brass Quintet, 7 pm, First Community Church, 2007 E. 15th St. More information: 


November 16 & 17: The TJ Upper School presents Les Misérables, 7 pm, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, 3401 Newman Rd. Contact or 417.781.5124.


November 24 & 25: Chris Duarte Group House Concert, 5:30 pm; November 25, 4:30 pm, The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. A dynamic and one-of-a-kind soul blues singer. Email to make reservations. A confirmation email with directions, parking, etc., will be sent. All proceeds go directly to the artists performing.




Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6-8 pm, Phoenix Fired Art. A fiber arts club for beginners to advanced knitters. Meets each Thursday. Free. Call 417.437.9281.


Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10 am-3 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. For information on being a vendor, check out 


November 2: First Friday WineShare, 6-8 pm, PowerShades Joplin, Gryphon Building. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. No charge; everyone 21 years and older is welcome.


November 6: Chat ‘n Crafts (adults), 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets the first Tuesday of the month. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! 


November 7: Informal Plein Air Painting Workshop with Carl Judson, 3:30-6 pm, location TBA. Open to the public. Email


November 8: Paint Outside the Box – Personal Style in Plein Air Seminar Led by Carl Judson, 9-11 am, Missouri Southern State University, North End Zone Facility Alumni Room, 3950 Newman Rd. 


November 8: Ozark Gateway Audubon Society presents “New Species from Muddling Through the Myrtles,” 7 pm, location TBA. This month’s chapter meeting includes a presentation by Neal Snow with the Sperry Herbarium at Pittsburg State University. This is event is free and open to the public. More information: 417.437.5380.


November 10: Fall Hip Handmade Market 2018, 9 am-4 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. The Hip Handmade Market is Southwest Missouri’s original juried indie craft fair. The $2 adult admission to the Market directly benefits Art Feeds Joplin. Contact or 417.501.9649.




Crackpot Pottery & Studio: 3820 E. 20th, Joplin, MO 


Open Monday-Saturday. Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 am-9 pm, Friday & Saturday 9 am-4 pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques, or enjoy any of the workshops offered involving several other art mediums. With a fee of $125/mo, it allows you unlimited access (during business hours). This fee includes instruction (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), firing and glazing. Call 417.623.1455 or email  


Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio. Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes available for $125 each. Drop in any other time with an appointment.


Saturdays: Drop-In Class with Geoffrey, 10 am-noon. Drop in and play with clay! $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.


Local Color Art Gallery & Studio: 1027 S. Main, Joplin, MO


Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2-6 pm. Up to 4 hours of painting time. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call 417.291.1486.


Wednesday: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30 am. Local Color artists will lead an experimental painting class using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided by the instructor. Class size limited to six; register prior to each Wednesday session. Call 417.553.0835.


Third Thursday: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6-8 pm. Choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels, beginner to advanced! $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835 to register.


Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th Street 


Tuesday & Saturday: Makerspace Open Studio, 9:30 am-2:30 pm Saturday, 4-7:30 pm Tuesday. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace is open on a walk-in, first come, first serve basis. Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian to use the makerspace during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. Call 417.623.7952, ext. 1041.


November 8: Artist’s Reception: Energetic Connections by Diana Bray, 6–7:30 pm. Diana Bray is a Joplin artist who paints in abstract and realistic styles. With a combined degree in psychology and art from Phillips University, she also is a licensed professional counselor. More information: Jill Sullivan,, 417.623.7953.


November 8: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm. The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers. The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. Open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.


November 27: Dog Day Afternoon, 4 pm. This program encourages independent readers in K-5 grades to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. More information:, 417.623.7953.


November 28: Joplin, MO Meet Crazy Horse Family Elder & Author W. Matson, 5:30-7:30 pm. Crazy Horse Family Elder Floyd Clown Sr. and author William Matson discuss and sign their book Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy based on the family’s oral history. More information: 417.623.7953.




November 11: LEGO Club, 2-3 pm. Children can build with Legos, Kapla blocks, Lincoln Logs, foam blocks and more. Toddlers, preschoolers and elementary-age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. More information:, 417.623.7953.


RSVPaint Joplin: 223 W. 3rd St., at the corner of 3rd and Wall across the street from Spiva Art Gallery.


November Events


Get festive with us and create a one-of-a-kind, made-by-you, wood, fabric, glass or canvas project! Events scheduled every Wed-Sun. Walk-In for Wine’d Down Wednesday Open Studio from 5-9 pm. We host canvas and DIY home decor every Thursday at 7 pm; Fridays 7 pm; and Saturdays 10 am, 1 pm and 7 pm; Sundays at 2 pm. Walk-in or register online in advance for featured projects and to choose your own designs. Ask about weekly bar specials. Soft drinks and water also available. Paint Your Pet during the All Things Pets event. View our online calendar for the most current listing of events and registrations at


Spiva Center for the Arts: Third and Wall streets. 


Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register for classes online! Visit, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.




Tuesdays: Creation Station with Sandra Conrad (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183.


Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am-12 pm. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. Free. No prior art experience necessary. 


Saturdays: Preschool Mini Makers (ages 3-5), 10:30 am, $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 or visit


November 3: Advanced Male Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (ages 18+), noon-2 pm. If you have the basics down but want to further explore drawing the male form, this class is for you. A professional nude model will pose to help you advance your skills. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.


November 10: Clay Garden House with Cyndi Cogbill (ages 15+), noon-3 pm. Decorate your yard with a fairy or toad house made from polymer clay. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183. Cost: $40.


November 17: Sketchbook Binding with Sarah Serio (ages 12+), 1-3 pm. New and seasoned artists will have a blast making and binding their own sketchbook. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.


November 17: Upcycled Hats with Brenda Hayes (ages 15+), 1-3 pm. Create your own fun and funky hand-stitched sweater hat. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183. Cost: $25.




November 1: Spiva Trivia Night (ages 21+), 6-8 pm. Cost: $5 per person in each team with a limit of one to eight people per team. Team that wins each round wins 75% of the entry fees. The remainder goes toward Spiva’s Annual Fund Drive. Must be 21 or older. Call 417.623.0183.


November 27: Missouri Arts Council Workshop, 3-5 pm. The Missouri Arts Council seeks eligible organizations (Missouri-based, tax-exempt only) looking for funding for arts projects, that are not familiar with the Missouri Arts Council (MAC) application process. The two-hour workshop covers basic information on MAC grants, both monthly and annual (except arts education), grant eligibility, accessing the new online grant system, the application and panel processes, preparing support materials and how to strategically address narrative questions. Bring business cards and brochures if you have them and join your colleagues at 2:30 pm to network and learn about Missouri Citizens for the Arts. RSVP preferred, but not required.




Through December 15: 71st Annual Membership Show, Main Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. Over 100 Spiva member artists present their best work in this annual showcase of regional talent. A fascinating mix of styles and media. 


Through December 15: To Everything There is a Season by Gloria Baker Feinstein, Regional Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. The exhibit displays approximately 30 photographs from five distinct bodies of work: Jamison Park, Grandmother with a Camera, Appalachia, Convergence, and Dreams and Other Things. See more at


November 26-30: Missouri Southern State University Senior Capstone Exhibitions, Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 Newman Rd. This show is exhibiting works by Jessica Elliot (BSEd), Nick Anderson, and Shay Thomas (BA Visual Arts majors).


November 2-December 21: Joplin Inspired by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery, 222 W 3rd St. The Joplin Regional Artists Coalition will showcase a variety of works by their members throughout November and December.


October 29-November 16: Standpoints: Contemporary Landscape Painting (Exhibition and Symposium), Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 Newman Rd. This show features work by Robert Bubp, Scott Gellatly, Carl Judson, Armin Mühsam and Kristin Musgnug. Reception November 5, 4-6 pm.





Health Events 




Galena, KS


November 6: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732


Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss. 


Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.


No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.


Parsons, KS


Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.


November 8: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.


Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS    


November 13: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.


November 28: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.


Joplin, MO


Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.


Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.


Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.


Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.


November 13: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.


November 14 & 28: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.


Freeman Health System 


Joplin, MO


November 1: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early detection screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings and osteoporosis risk assessment. Fee varies. Call 417.347.6555 for appointment.


November 3:  Extra Life Gaming Marathon. Join gamers from around the world in a 24-hour fundraiser, and support your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Freeman Health System. Call 417.347.4624.


November 6: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Drive. Open to breast cancer patients, from newly diagnosed through survivorship. Call 417.347.2662. 


November 6: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRD should be requested in advance. Call 417.347.7850.


November 9: 10th Annual Diabetes Expo, 8-11 am, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd., Joplin (back entrance). Learn how to live well with diabetes. Enjoy free admission, prize giveaways, refreshments and more! Call 417.347.5700.


November 13 & 27: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, November 13: 4:30 pm; November 27: 5:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266. 


November 13: Freeman Advantage Striders/Blood Pressure Screenings, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Get your blood pressure checked, turn in your Striders cards and catch up on Freeman Advantage activities and events. Call 417.347.5837. 


November 14: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Penny Peek, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, for questions at 417.347.4036.


November 19: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. A meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. Call 417.347.5700.


November 20: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center, 1st Floor Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. Call 417.347.1266.


November 20: Freeman Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.7400.


November 19: Living with Type 1 Diabetes Support Group, 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, East Conference Room, 1901 E. 20th St. A time to share, meet others and support those with Type 1 diabetes. The meeting topic is “Sick Day Management and Diabetic Ketoacidosis.” Refreshments, snacks, product samples and prize drawings provided. Call 417.347.5700.


November 23: Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This social group is designed specifically for caregivers of children 4 and under with developmental delay(s). Parents can have a coffee and socialize with other parents while their children play in a supervised environment nearby. Call 417.347.7850.


Freeman Auxiliary 


Freeman Auxiliary Nutty Bavarian Sale – Your day may be nutty so we want to bring a little sweetness your way. Purchase an assortment of glazed roasted pecans, almonds and cashews. Want to bring a tasty treat to your holiday party? You can also pre-order nuts during the sale and pick them up from 11 am-1 pm Wednesday, December 19, in the Freeman Hospital West lobby. Net proceeds benefit Freeman Auxiliary projects. Call 417.347.4603. November 19: 10 am-2 pm, Freeman Business Center, November 19: 6 pm-8 pm, Freeman Hospital West (lobby)November 20: 10 am-6 pm, Freeman Hospital West (lobby)


Mercy Hospital – Support Groups & Events


Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 3-3:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.8760.


November 2: Look Good, Feel Better, 10 am-noon. A free program sponsored by the American Cancer Society designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. Participants must be undergoing cancer treatment. Pre-registration is required. Call 417.556.2605.


November 4: Bariatric Seminar, 6-7 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Is weight-loss surgery right for you? Mercy Bariatric Center can help you decide. The free seminar is for those who have considered weight-loss surgery, are 80 to 100 pounds overweight, have had multiple unsuccessful attempts at weight loss or have an illness caused or made worse by excess weight. To register or for more information, visit


November 12: Bariatric Support Group meets the second Monday monthly, 5:30-7 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.


November 14: Cancer Survivor Support Group-Men’s meets the second Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.


November 14: Cancer Caregiver Support Group meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call Allison O’Dell, 417.556.2706.


November 19: Four States Stroke Support Group meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive. Call 417.556.8420 or email


November 27: Lung Disease Support Group, 1:30-3 pm, Cancer Conference Center of Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way. (Please enter through the Cancer Center entrance located on the southeast side of the hospital.) The group is sponsored by Mercy Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation and meets the fourth Tuesday. Call Kelsey Darr-Hessee at 417.556.8231 for more information. 


November 27: Diabetes Support Group meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Water and Electric meeting room, 627 W. Centennial. Call Debbie Herbst at 417.359.1359.


November 28: Diabetes Support Group – Joplin, noon-1 pm, Community Clinic of Joplin, 701 S. Joplin Ave. No meeting in November. For more information, call 417.556.6487.


November 28: Cancer Survivor Support Group-Women’s meets fourth Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.


November 28: Grief Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Free and open to the public. Registration requested; materials provided. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706. 


Mercy Auxiliary, Joplin:


Weekdays: Valet Service, 7:30 am-5 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Clinic Entrance (west entrance), 100 Mercy Way. Sponsored by Mercy Auxiliary Joplin, this complimentary service is available for all patients and family members seeking non-hospital care or services.


November 14: Jewelry Sale, 7 am-5 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center 1 & 2.


Mercy Prestige: 


November 5: Daniel O’Donnell show, 2 pm, Welk Theatre, Branson, Missouri. Cost is $80 per person. In order to participate, please join Mercy Prestige or join at the event. Meet at Mercy Hospital Joplin East Parking Lot. Please contact the Prestige office for more information at 417.556.3456.


November 9: Veterans Day lunch, 12 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center. Cost is $6 per person. Please contact the Prestige office for more information at 417.556.3456.


National Alliance on Mental Illness For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.


Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. 


Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.


Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.


Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.


Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.


Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.


Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.


Neosho, MO


November 26: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544. 


Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO


November 3: NRMC Foundation “Night in New York Gala,” 6-10 pm, 3M Clubhouse. Join us for the 13th annual foundation gala in support of the programs and services of NRMC. Tickets $40, includes social hour, dinner and entertainment. The event includes a guest speaker, silent auction and prize drawing opportunity for a trip for two to New York City! For ticket information, call 417.448.3801.


November 10: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12:30 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3622 to register for this class.     


November 13 & 15: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8:30 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3622 to register.


November 14: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program. 


November 21: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.


November 27: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure and bone density.


Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK 


November 8: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.


November 8: Low Vision Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.


November 8: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.


November 13 & 27: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.


INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit


Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.


November 1: Autism Support Group meets first Thursday monthly, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street SW, with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.


November 6: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391. 


Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.




 Holiday Events






Christmas Light Displays


City of Neosho Christmas Lighting Ceremony: Nov. 29, 6pm – Join us for the annual lighting of the Christmas decorations at Big Spring Park, carols by students of Neosho Christian School, the reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” an appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog and more.


The Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights: Nov. 1-Dec. 31 – A drive-through animation display that will carry you into the very heart of Christmas. The trail winds its way through the historic 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills homestead and will take you down the famous “Trail that Nobody Knows How Old” into a holiday wonderland. Located at 5586 W. Hwy 76, Branson, Missouri. 417.334.4191. Dusk until after shows. 


Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village: Nov. 1-Dec. 31 – This new attraction features a drive-through display, plus a village to explore with rides on the North Pole Express train, photos with Santa and a life-size nativity experience. Located at 555 Buena Vista Road, Branson, Missouri. 417.335.8860. Drive-through display open every night, 5:30-11 pm; village open Thursday-Sunday, 5:30-11 pm. 


Monett’s “Festival of Lights”: Nov. 21-Dec. 31 – There’s no admission charge to see over half a million dollars in lights in Monett’s South Park, located at the intersection of Highways 37 & 60, in Monett, Missouri. Donations accepted at the Elf Hut. 417.235.7919. Weekdays, 5:30-9:30 pm; weekends, 5:30-10 pm.


Twin Bridges “Park of Lights”: Nov. 22-Dec. 30 – Over 40 light displays are set up as a drive-through exhibit. Free to the public, donations appreciated. Located at 14801 S. Hwy. 137, Fairland, Oklahoma. 918.542.6969. 6-9 pm. Like “Twin Bridges Park Partners” on Facebook. 


Way of Salvation Driving Lights Tour: Nov. 25-Dec. 24 – Drive through this brilliant holiday light display at the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix, 1900 Grand Avenue, Carthage, Missouri. 417.359.8181. Thursdays-Sundays, 6-10 pm.


Ozark Valley Christmas Tree Farm: Nov. 24-Dec. 24- Enjoy the Christmas lights display with a narrated nativity, plus take a ride on the Christmas train. Located at 1090 Manning Road, Southwest City, Missouri. 417.762.2276. Saturday, 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 1-6 pm, Monday-Friday 1-6 pm.


Christmas Parades


Ft. Scott, KS: December 4 at 6 pm – The theme this year is “Cowboy Christmas.” The parade begins at 3rd & Main in front of The Carriage House and ends at Skubitz Plaza, where the lighting of the Mayor’s Tree takes place immediately following the parade. Downtown Ft. Scott. 620.223.3566. 


Joplin, MO: December 4 at 6 pm – Freeman Health System invites you to celebrate the holidays by joining the 45th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade! This year’s theme is “The Music and Miracles of Christmas.” The parade route runs north on Main Street, starting at 15th Street and ending at 3rd Street. 417.347.4622. 


Parsons, KS: December 6 at 7 pm – The Christmas parade begins at 22nd and Main, with Santa Claus bringing up the rear. 620.421.6500. Like Parsons Chamber of Commerce on Facebook. 


Neosho, MO: December 1 at 5 pm – Neosho’s downtown square comes alive with the 2018 Christmas parade. 417.451.1925. 


Vinita Christmas Parade of Lights: December 6 at 7 pm – The community is invited to participate in the Vinita “Sounds of Christmas” themed parade. The parade takes place in downtown Vinita, beginning and ending at South Park. Parade route: north on S. Scraper St., east on W. Illinois Ave., south on S. Wilson St., and west on W. Delaware Ave. Families and friends will line the streets as over 100 parade entries march down Historic Route 66.


Pierce City, MO: December 8 at 5:30 pm – 65th Pierce City Christmas Parade Call for Entries. The use of lights is encouraged as it will be dark enough by parade time.


Miami, OK: December 1 at 6 pm – The Miami Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Miami Christmas parade on Route 66. The historic Coleman Theatre provides a beautiful backdrop as entrants make their way down Main Street. 918.542.4481. 


Vinita, OK: December 6 at 7 pm – The Vinita Christmas Parade of Lights has entertained thousands of children and adults year after year as it winds through the historic streets of downtown Vinita.


Jay, OK: December 8, 2 pm, – Bring the family out for a night of memories at the annual Jay Christmas Parade.


Pryor, OK: December 6 at 7 pm – Join us in downtown Pryor as we light the streets with Christmas cheer! 


Branson, MO: December 2 at 5:30 pm – Branson’s 70th Annual Adoration Christmas Celebration begins with a nativity lighting at 5 pm, followed by the parade. 417.334.1548. 


Carthage, MO: December 3 at 7 pm – Carthage’s Christmas Parade winds its way around the town’s historic square. 417.359.7026.


Lamar, MO: December 1, 6 pm – Annual Lighted Christmas Parade themed “Christmas Stories.” 417.682.3595.  


Seneca, MO: November 27 at 6 pm – Annual Christmas Parade held in downtown Seneca. 417.776.2100. 


Monett, MO: December 8 at 9 am – Santa Claus leads Monett’s Christmas parade, which begins on Broadway and moves west from 8th Street to 1st Street. 417.235.7919. 


Nevada/Vernon County Merry Christmas Pageant and Parade: Dec 1-2 – The Christmas Parade is Friday, December 1, at 6:45 pm. The pageant is Saturday, December 2, at 10 am. 417.667.5300.


Grove, OK: December 8 at 6 pm – The streets of Grove come alive on this very special night! Celebrate your holidays by joining us to watch the lighted floats, bands and organizations all decked out for the Christmas season. For further information or an entry form, contact the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce at 918.786.9079. 


Grove, OK: Grand Lake December 8 at 5 pm – The annual Christmas boat parade at Grand Lake is Saturday, December 8. The parade starts and ends at Cherokee Yacht Club in Duck Creek and winds its way south to Pensacola Dam. Put this on your calendars now for a can’t-miss Grand Lake event, and stay tuned for more details.


Christmas Tree Farms




Bridgestone Christmas Tree Farm: Cut your own Scotch pine or Austrian pine tree, or choose from pre-cut white pine, balsam fir, Douglas fir and Fraser fir trees. Fresh wreaths are for sale, both decorated and undecorated. Handmade items for sale, hayrides, s’mores. The farm is located just north of Joplin (3.7 miles north of Stones Corner on Hwy 43) at 9615 County Lane 251, Webb City. 417.529.8508. Hours: 3-5 pm Fridays, 10 am-5 pm Saturdays, and 1-5 pm Sundays, Check website for opening date.


Ozark Valley Christmas Tree Farm: In addition to finding the perfect Christmas tree, you can take a hayride to the field, choose a wreath and browse in the gift shop. Little ones can enjoy the Kids’ Corner in the barn, making an ornament and bird feeder, taking a family picture in a sleigh and building on the activity table. Located at 1090 Manning Road, Southwest City, Missouri. 417.762.2276. Hours: 10 am-6 pm Saturdays, 1-6 pm Sundays, and 3-6 pm Mondays and Fridays. Open November 23-December 24.




Bowen’s Christmas Tree Farm: Located at 996 South 260th Street, Pittsburg, KS. 620.231.1307. Find Bowen’s Christmas Tree Farm on Facebook. Hours: 3-6 pm weekdays, 10 am-6 pm Saturdays, and 11 am-6 pm Sundays, Opens November 24.


McConnell’s Christmas Tree Farm: This is a “choose-and-cut” farm; you choose the tree and they will cut it down for you, plus shake, bag and load it at no charge. They also sell fresh wreaths and always have free cookies and hot apple cider. Located at 18065 Queens Road, Parsons, Kansas. 620.421.4621. Find McConnell’s Christmas Tree Farm on Facebook. 




Owasso Tree Farm: At this tree farm, you can cut your own Virginia pine, or purchase a Noble Fir, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir or Fraser Fir tree. They also sell fresh ornamental wreaths measuring 12”-36” in diameter. After cutting your tree, take a hayride to the Christmas Cabin and warm up with some hot apple cider while you shop for ornaments and other holiday items. Located at 11039 N. 129th E Ave., Owasso, OK. 918.272.9445. Hours: 9 am-7 pm Saturdays and Sundays, 1-7 pm Mondays-Fridays, Opens November 18.


Other Holiday Events 




November 9 & 10: Christmas Open House. Carthage retailers, restaurants and service providers from the north end of town to the south, from the square to the loop, will pull out the stops for Christmas Open House. Great deals, and an opportunity to win a gift card from every participant are on the table. Small Business Saturday, November 24. ‘Tis the season to be thankful, and shop, in Carthage!


artCentral Holiday Boutique @Hyde House November 29-30 and December 1 – November 29, 5-8 pm; November 30, 3-8 pm; December 1, 9 am-4 pm. Stop by for artist-created art, gifts, ornaments and delectable treats for purchase: wine, wassail and savories. 


Stones Throw Dinner Theatre: November 29-30, December 1-2 & 6-9 – This Must be Christmas6 pm; Sunday matinee, 12:30 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Boulevard. Call 417.388.1466 or 417.358.4300, or email




Joplin Little Theatre presents A Swingin’ Little Christmas: November 5-9: 7 pm; Sunday 2 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. Enjoy your favorite Big Band holiday hits in this festive musical review. Tickets: $18 adults, $15 seniors and students, $8 kids 12 and under. More information:, 417.623.3638.


Vet Art: Watercolor Holiday Cards: November 3, 5:30-7:30 pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St. Make your holiday cards extra special this year by making your own with watercolor. Led by teaching artist Sandra Conrad. Free to all veterans and their families. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183.


Local Color Art Gallery: November 13, 6-8 pm. Join Daria Claiborne and make your own ceramic Christmas ornaments. Participants will add colorants and a design to create as many as they can from their slab of clay. The class is limited to 10, so call 417.553.0835 right away to reserve a spot for you and your friends. Create a new Christmas tradition!


Hip Handmade Market: November 10, 9 am-4 pm, Empire Market. At the Hip Handmade Market, you’ll find innovative decor, giveaways every half hour, all of your favorite locals and an all-around good time! 417.501.9649.


City Hall Holiday Window Reveal & Christmas Tree Lighting: November 20, 6-7:30 pm, 602 S. Main Street, Joplin. 417.625.4789. 


December 13: Connect2Culture presents “The TEN Tenors present Home for the Holidays,” Thursday, 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm), Joplin High School Performing Arts Center, 2104 N. Indiana Ave., Joplin. Celebrated for their colorful repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances, The TEN Tenors respectfully tip their hats not only to the great classical composers, but to contemporary music’s most popular artists. From Queen, Bowie, Lennon and Winehouse, an evening with The TEN Tenors is guaranteed to surprise and delight in equal measure. Come ready to have The TEN Tenors walk you through a musical winter wonderland that truly captures the essence of the holidays for the whole family. Purchase tickets at or 1.800.514.3849 (etix is the exclusive ticketing provider). 


Holiday Open House at George Washington Carver National Monument: December 8, 1-3 pm. You are invited to celebrate the 75th anniversary of George W. Carver National Monument. Meet the staff, make holiday crafts, hear great music, and enjoy cocoa and cookies. A selection of George Washington Carver’s Christmas greetings will be on display.


Christmas in Yellowstone: December 22 & 23, 1-2 pm, 5646 Carver Rd., Diamond. Stretching across more than 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone National Park was designated America’s first national park in 1872. 417.325.4151.




Ride the Polar Bear Express at Winter Wonderland: November 29-December 1, December 6-8, and December 13-15. Enjoy all the fun with some FREE cocoa! Tickets on sale at Webb City City Hall starting November 1. Bring a camera and get a picture with Santa. Kids’ activities in Santa’s tent. For more information, call the parks dept. at 417.673.4651.




Breakfast with Santa: December 1, 8-11 am. Call the Neosho Chamber of Commerce for more details at 417.451.1925.




November 3: Winter Gnome Glazing, 10 am-1 pm. Glaze a bisque-fired gnome and add your own touch and color to make it come to life! Hippyclay will fire them up and deliver them to ArtForms Gallery for pick up. All ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $30, payable by Oct. 31. Class limited to 16.   


November 17: Fused-Glass Holiday Ornaments, 1-4 pm, ArtForms Gallery. Create your own original fused-glass ornaments for the holiday! Learn basic cutting skills as you design and construct several glass ornaments to give as gifts or place on your tree. All tools, glass and kiln firings are included. Bring your creativity and give the gift of handmade this Christmas! Please do not wear open-toed shoes when working with glass. Ages: 14 and older. Class is limited to 10. Cost: $40, payable at time of registration. Located at 620 N. Broadway. Call 620.240.0165 for more information.


November 18: Ceramic Christmas Ornaments, 2-4:30 pm. Held at Cow Creek Pottery. Create and decorate as many ornaments as possible from one slab of clay. Ages: 10 and older. Workshop limited to 12. Workshop fee: $45, includes all supplies, glazing and firing. Located at 620 N. Broadway. Call 620.240.0165 for more information.


December 7: Holiday Open House, 6-9 pm. ArtForms Gallery will be filled with Christmas spirit during our Holiday Open House! We invite you to join us! Visit with the artists of ArtForms Gallery, fulfill your Christmas shopping list and check out the workshops as you enjoy snacks and drinks. Plan now to attend! Ho, ho, ho! Located at 620 N. Broadway. Call 620.240.0165 for more information.




Anderson, MO – Dec. 11, Joplin, MO – Dec. 12, Pittsburg, KS – Dec. 7: The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train will stop in Anderson, Joplin and Pittsburg. In Anderson, the train can be seen at Anderson City Hall, 103 W. Beaver St. at 4 pm. In Joplin, the train can be seen at the Union Depot located just east of B and North Main St at 4 pm. In Pittsburg, the train can be viewed at Elm & Monroe streets at 4 pm. Call the Anderson Chamber of Commerce, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce or Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce for more details.